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Uber does not have the most effective document when it pertains to security.

Previously this year, a motorist was incarcerated for a sexual offense. Ever since the infamous ride-sharing business has actually released a 24/ 7 helpline within the application that’s offered to both clients as well as vehicle drivers.

As well as today it has actually introduced additional actions to enhance security with a mass of brand-new functions that will certainly be contributed to the application in 23 European nations. Consisting of the UK.

Uber is attempting to be extra security aware Amongst the brand-new functions are:

  • An in-app ‘security facility’ that enables motorcyclists as well as vehicle drivers to ‘share journey information, get in touch with emergency situation support as well as gain access to appropriate security info’.
  • 2 aspect verification.
  • An upgraded application for certified vehicle drivers as well as messengers that additionally includes the security facility along with an insurance policy center as well as rate informs.

Primarily, customers will certainly currently have the ability to assign as much as 5 family and friends participants as ‘Relied on Get in touches with’ to share their journey information while the emergency situation support links customers straight to police
If you utilize Uber, you’ll have the ability to access the security facility through a little guard symbol that’ll show up in the lower right-hand edge of the application throughout a journey.

‘ With greater than 15 million journeys on the Uber application daily, there is absolutely nothing more crucial than the security of motorcyclists as well as vehicle drivers,’ claimed Sachin Kansal, Uber’s worldwide head of security items
‘ Over the in 2015 we have actually been functioning to establish ingenious functions that boost openness, liability as well as satisfaction for all customers,’ he claimed.

A traveler utilizes Uber for a journey in London.T he rollout of these brand-new security functions throughout Europe is the following action in ensuring that we’re aiding every person remain risk-free as well as linked, any place you could be.’

In addition to the above functions, Uber is presenting ‘Address Anonymisation’ which hides particular choice up as well as leave addresses.

This indicates certified vehicle drivers will just be received the basic location where a journey began as well as finished.
Uber additionally claims it anonymizes your telephone number throughout a journey as well as your name after it’s been finished.

These are all active in the best instructions after Uber was very slammed for the quantity of tracking it operated on its clients– consisting of area information as much as 5 mins after finishing a journey.

The business additionally has a 24/ 7 helpline for vehicle drivers as well as travelers (Image: Getty Images) Not anywhere will certainly be obtaining the brand-new functions at the start, however. Uber claims it will certainly be rolling them out over ‘the coming weeks’ in greater than 40 communities as well as cities throughout the UK along with cities in 23 various other European nations.

Provided time, we would certainly anticipate this degree of capability to be offered anywhere that Uber runs.

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Brian Laundrie missing as search for his fiancé Gabby Petito continues

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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – The man who police identified as a person of interest in the disappearance of Gabby Petito is now missing himself, according to an attorney for his family.

A family attorney confirmed Friday night that Brian Laundrie’s location is currently unknown. Laundrie is engaged to Petito, who was reported missing after police say Laundrie returned home alone from a cross-country road trip they went on together.

“The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to assist in locating Brian. As of now, the FBI is now looking for both Gabby and Brian,” the attorney said in a statement.

North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor confirmed on WFLA Now that they don’t know where Laundrie is.

“His family attorney contacted us [Friday] evening saying family wanted to speak with us for the first time and wanted to tell us they were concerned they have not seen Brian,” Taylor said.

Brian is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and trimmed facial hair. He was last seen wearing a hiking bag with a waist strap.

It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime, and police are now working multiple missing person investigations.

Several members of the North Port Police Department spent a little more than two hours at the Laundrie family home Friday night. Chief Todd Garrison posted just before 9 p.m. that the conversation was complete, and a statement would be made once the agency had all the details.

Police spent about two hours at the Laundrie home before leaving. WFLA’s Allyson Henning, who was live at the scene, saw officers come out of the home and look inside a vehicle outside.

In addition to police presence, a large crowd gathered outside the Laundrie home and spent hours chanting and holding posters in support of Gabby Petito. Shortly after 8 p.m., an officer addressed the crowd. He said he understood why the crowd was there and had no problem but asked them to remain calm.

“The yelling, the profanities…is not helping. Please have respect for the neighborhood.”

Petito has been missing officially since Sept. 11, but her last known contact with family members was at the end of August when she was on a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.

Laundrie, now a person of interest, returned home alone with the van the couple had been traveling with on Sept. 1 and has retained a lawyer, according to police. Petito’s family publicly called on Laundrie’s family this week to release any information they may have on Gabby Petito’s location.

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St. Louis City police to enforce curfew violations for juveniles

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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is enforcing curfew violations for juveniles.

Curfew hours are 11:59 p.m. until 5 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on weekdays.

The enforcement comes after an increase of juveniles being downtown in the early morning hours on weekends, according to a public notice statement by the police department.

“While we want everyone to have a safe and fun experience downtown, disorderly conduct and criminal activity will not be tolerated,” the public notice says.

“Parents should respond to pick up their child within 45 minutes of being notified by police regarding curfew violations.”

It also states that parents who do not respond are subject to citations for “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

“We will continue to work with the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families to find alternative ways for juveniles to socialize in a safe and orderly manner,” the public notice says.

On Tuesday, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones launched the Downtown Engagement and Public Safety Initiative to improve public safety.

The initiative includes having 30 police officers in downtown areas on weekends, as well as a task force made up of civic, business, and community leaders who will meet weekly on how to improve downtown.

There also will be an enforcement on park curfews, parking rules, and other issues.

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A structure fire broke out Saturday afternoon at the Glacier Creek Stables in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The 3 p.m. fire was limited to one structure, RMNP said on Twitter at 5:06 p.m.

Bear Lake Road was closed for inbound traffic because of the fire, park officials said. There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Red Sox win fourth straight, club O’s again

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If the Red Sox are able to make it to the postseason at the expense of their ancient rival Yankees, they should send a bouquet of roses to the city of Baltimore.

While the floundering Yanks managed to lose eight times to the cellar-dwelling Orioles, the O’s rolled over yet again for the Sox on Saturday. Behind a three-hit, four-RBI performance from Xander Bogaerts and solid relief work from Tanner Houck, the Sox picked up their 11th win of the year over the O’s, who suffered their 101st loss of their wretched season in a 9-3 drubbing at Fenway Park.

With the Yankees’ loss to Cleveland on Saturday, the Sox opened up a game and half lead over New York while the Blue Jays — a game behind the Sox after the Fenway win — were playing a late afternoon game against the Twins.

With 12 games left in the regular season, Bogaerts has picked a good time to heat up again.

“It’s fun just being able to go out there and help your team,” said the shortstop, who bashed his 22nd homer of the year. “We know that every game matters now. We’re at a point in the season now that every win is huge, regardless of how you get them. It’s fun that everyone has their best game at the moment.”

It wasn’t a pretty start for the home team, however.

On his first three pitches, Sox’ starter Nick Pivetta allowed three consecutive ropes, the second of which was a two-run Monster shot by Ryan Mountcastle. O’s starter Zac Lowther did Pivetta one better, allowing three runs in the first on five hits, the most damaging one being a bases-loaded, two-run double by Bobby Dalbec.

Pivetta quickly gave up the lead in the second on a solo shot from Austin Wynns and the game was knotted at 3-3. But that’s all the O’s could get off Pivetta.

He would leave in favor of Darwinzon Hernandez with two outs in the fourth after inducing Wynns to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to help thwart what appeared to be the makings of a big inning after the first two men reached.

After Hernandez pitched just two thirds of an inning, manager Alex Cora went quickly to Houck.

“When we have to be aggressive, we’re going to be aggressive. And we needed to be aggressive,” said Cora. “Nick, with what they did on the first three pitches, put us in a bad spot but after that, he weathered the storm, they scored three, he got the big double play. We went aggressively with Darwinzon, knowing that he can give us more than one out. The walk (in the fifth) put us in a bad spot. Tanner was ready and it was time to use him… He went out there and did an outstanding job. The whole bullpen did a great job.”

As has so often been the case for the O’s this year, they could not deny the Sox’ bats.

The Sox inched ahead again in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Bogaerts, but they stranded two runners when O’s reliever Mike Baumann caught Dalbec looking to end the inning.

But the Sox finally created some breathing room with four runs in the sixth. After Hunter Renfroe delivered an RBI double to the triangle and Rafael Devers poked a single to left, Bogaerts ripped a first pitch homer off the National Car Rental sign in left to give the Sox an 8-3 lead.

The Sox scratched out another run in the bottom of the seventh and they were on their way.

Meanwhile, in his first outing in a defined bullpen role, Houck provided some quality relief to make sure the O’s didn’t keep pace, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, no walks and striking out three.

“It’s about going out there and putting the team in the best spot to win,” said Houck, who picked up his first win of the season. “I came in today, felt pretty good with everything and just went at hitters. That’s a very positive thing to take away from today, regardless of the circumstances, starting or relieving, whatever it is. I’m just happy I went out there, went at hitters and threw strikes with all my pitches today.”

Asked whether he believes it’s more important to seize home field advantage for the wild card game or to line up his starting pitching, Cora leaned towards the former.

“That last at-bat home is very important. And playing here is different. It’s a different ballgame. It’ll be great to make it first but at the same time to play here,” said Cora.

“I do believe we’re going to be lined up so that those two guys (Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi) are going to be ready for 161, 162 and if there’s a 163, they should be there. I’m talking about Chris… And at the same time, we’ve got other guys who are very capable, too. Now it’s just playing chess, honestly. See where we are at the end of the night and then plan accordingly.”

After Saturday’s win, the Sox are now 37-18 at Fenway in their last 55 home games.

Speaking of Sale, he revealed after his win on Friday and after his second positive COVID-19 test (he said he was asymptomatic) that he remains unvaccinated.

Asked if he was concerned that even a close contact for Sale could result in more missed time for the team’s ace, Cora said the club is doing it’s best to keep all the un-vaxxed players available.

“We’ve been doing a lot of things here as far as that,” said Cora. “(Head athletic trainer) Brad (Pearson) and the medical group have done an amazing job in the last 15 days with that. Like I’ve said, this is a time to enjoy this, but at the same time we have to be very careful not only with him. There’s others, the unvaccinated. We make sure they get their work in and they go home. I think we’ve done an amazing job the last few 15 days to avoid something like that.”

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Gophers defense stifles Colorado in a 30-0 blowout win

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BOULDER, Colo. — Gophers defensive end Boye Mafe nearly registered a sack on the first possession of the 30-0 win Saturday over Colorado at Folsom Field. On the second series, fellow D-end Esezi Otomewo also couldn’t bring down Buffaloes quarterback Brendon Lewis.

It looked like the first two games of the season when Minnesota couldn’t log a sack against Ohio State nor Miami (Ohio).

On the third series, Mafe notched his first of two sacks and the first of Minnesota’s four sacks; it set the tone in Minnesota’s first road shutout of a program from a Power Five conference since 1977.

“We wanted to play it together and be on the same page,” said defensive Thomas Rush, who had the two other sacks. “It was making sure we work together and keep the quarterback in the pocket. I feel like we accomplished that.”

Minnesota limited Colorado to six first downs and 63 total yards (82 passing and minus-19 rushing). It’s the fewest rushing yards allowed by the U since at least 2000.

NO HANDSHAKE

Head coaches seem to often meet on the field well before the game, shake hands, exchange pleasantries, talk shop or maybe share a joke. But that didn’t happen between Fleck and Colorado’s Karl Dorrell on Saturday.

Fleck enjoys doing it and was ready and willing. “I didn’t get a chance to shake Karl’s hand before the game,” Fleck said postgame. “But they got a really good football team.”

TRICKETT’S ROUGH DAY

New kicker Matthew Trickett was a perfect 10 for 10 on field goals and extra points in his first two games at Minnesota. But he struggled Saturday.

The transfer from Kent State missed a 24-yard field goal on the U’s first possession and put an extra point off an upright near the end of the first half.

Early in the second half, Trickett missed a 46-yard field goal, but he made a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Trickett finished 3-for-4 on extra points on Saturday.

“He’s a really good kicker; he’s very talented,” Fleck said. “I believe in him, and he knows that.”

Tricket made his two previous field goal kicks against Ohio State from 46 yards and a career long of 50 against Miami (Ohio). He was eight for eight on extra points in the first two games.

Minnesota had other special-teams issues. Punter Mark Crawford had line-drive travel 30 yards, but with a 57-yard boot, he averaged 43.2 yards per punt; and Bryce Williams fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half and had to fall on it, forcing the U to start a drive on its own 11-yard line.

AUTMAN-BELL BACK

After missing the first two games, top receiver Chris Autman-Bell made his 2021 season debut with six targets, four receptions for 39 yards, including a leaping 33-yard grab.

“He had a couple of big plays (Saturday); it’s just what he does,” quarterback Tanner Morgan said.

Morgan went 11 for 17 for 164 yards, with a team-high-tying six targets going to Daniel Jackson, who had four grabs for 39 yards.

Dylan Wright had the biggest play in the passing game, a 39-yard catch and run, where the 6-foot-3 215-pound wideout slapped the helmet of a Buffaloes defensive back to gain more yards.

BACK-UP BACKS

After Mo Ibrahim was lost for the season after 30 carries in the season opener and Trey Potts had 34 carries in Week 2, the question was what other running backs could step up to take some of the workload off Potts.

On Saturday, the answer was emphatic: true freshman Mar’Keise Irving had 15 carries for 89 yards (5.9 per carry). He started with a splash as his first colleague carry went for 15 yards. He first turned heads in a game, with a 41-yard kickoff return against Miami last week.

With the game under control late, redshirt freshman Ky Thomas had seven carries for 66 yards (9.4 per carry) and his first career touchdown.

Meanwhile, Williams fumbled on his only carry, and Cam Wiley dressed but didn’t play. They were higher on the depth chart to start the season.

BRIEFLY

Defensive tackle Rashad Cheney did not make the trip to Boulder. The third-year player participated in the first two games against Ohio State and Miami (Ohio), when he was flagged for a late hit. Fleck said it would be addressed internally. … Linebacker Jack Gibbens led the U with six tackles. … Colorado will come to Minnesota next September to compete the home-and-home series.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) – A disease deadly to deer is spreading throughout New York State.

On Thursday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease has spread to Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Nassau, Oswego, Suffolk, and Ulster counties. The DEC is also tracking suspected cases in Albany, Jefferson, Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties.

The DEC stated that it is also tracking new reports of dead deer to estimate the number of deer succumbing to this disease. To date, the DEC has received reports of approximately 700 dead deer.

According to the DEC, the EHD virus is typically a fatal disease for deer. It is transmitted by biting midges, which are small insects, sometimes referred to as “no-see-ums” or “punkies.” The disease is not spread from deer to deer and humans cannot be infected by deer or bites from midges.

Once infected with the EHD virus, deer usually die within 36 hours. EHD outbreaks are most common in the late summer and early fall when midges are abundant. Frequently, infected deer will seek out water sources and many succumb near a water source. There is no treatment or means to prevent EHD.

Compared to years past, EHD has been more widespread this year. The virus was first confirmed in New York deer in 2007, with relatively small outbreaks in Albany, Rensselaer, and Niagara counties, and in Rockland County in 2011. From early September to late October 2020, a large EHD outbreak occurred in the lower Hudson Valley, centered in Putnam and Orange counties, with an estimated 1,500 deer mortalities.

New Yorkers are urged to report sightings of sick or dead deer suspected of having EHD. These cases can be reported to the DEC via the online EHD reporting form, or by contacting the nearest DEC Regional Wildlife Office.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Monkeys suddenly moved into a quiet St. Louis County neighborhood with warning signs they may bite.

From the street, you can see a large cage in the backyard on Old Halls Ferry Road, just down the street from the Florissant city line. It’s in unincorporated St. Louis County.

“This just came out of nowhere. They’re just trying to put this all in before anybody’s aware of it,” Rev. Cedric Portis said.

Rev. Portis said he noticed a mover last month drop off animal cages into his new neighbor’s backyard. There were no signs of monkeys at the time, but he noticed a sign warning ”We have teeth, and we can bite.”

“We have children at the bus stop. We live right next door to the service station – very heavily residential area,” Portis said.

“We’re not looking for an animal sanctuary of this kind with wild animals in Florissant. North county’s coming back but we don’t want that. The zoo already purchased a property, the old golf course you know. We want the animals to stay there.”

Florissant’s Mayor Timothy Lowery came to check it out.

“This is outside the city of Florissant, but certainly these residents up here were very concerned about what was going on here with these cages getting put up in the back yard and so I started looking into it last night and again this morning,” he said.

Lowery says Florissant ordinances would not allow it, but St. Louis County may be different. Fox 2’s Chris Hayes spoke with the monkeys’ owner inside her home – without Fox 2’s video camera.

Lowery laughed as he said, “I say let’s go back there and see what she’s going on.”

Her name is Texanne McBride. She allowed Hayes to take limited photos inside of one of the four bonnet macaques monkeys she says she has. She carried one around her neck and Hayes saw another larger monkey in a cage she would not allow being photographed.

She told us she has all the proper paperwork, and that she had a good relationship with Ladue before coming to North County.

The mayor talked about it after, saying “We encouraged her to talk to the neighbors to let them know what’s going on around here and that she does come from another neighborhood that was very accepting of these animals, but I think it’s very important for us to check on it and for her to do the same.”

We later checked with Ladue finding a municipal court complaint against Texanne McBride on Winwood Drive. It’s from June 2020, in which a court record indicates a citation for “erecting a monkey cage without a permit.”

Creve Coeur also has cited McBride in 2019 under a dangerous animal ordinance.

McBride would no longer talk to Hayes when upon returning to her new North County address. A St. Louis County Health official visited her last month asking for a meeting to go over local ordinances.

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Kyle Freeland’s six shutout innings leads Rockies to fifth straight road win

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True Grit. It’s not just a John Wayne classic. It also describes Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland.

The latest episode was on display during the Rockies’ 6-0 victory Saturday at Nationals Park.

In the sixth inning, Washington loaded the bases against Freeland with two singles and a throwing error by Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron that wiped out a potential double play. Unfazed, Freeland induced Ryan Zimmerman to ground out back to the mound where Freeland started a 1-2-3 double play.

When Freeland walked Carter Kieboom, the bases were loaded again. But Freeland struck out Yadiel Hernandez on a curveball to scuttle the Nats’ would-be rally. Freeland pumped his fist and let out a scream as he walked off the mound.

The Rockies, who were 6-31 away from Coors Field on June 14, have won five straight on the road and are 7-1 on their current road trip. They have won 11 of their last 16 on the road.

Freeland gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out seven over his six scoreless innings. He wasn’t the only headline-grabber.

Red-hot second baseman Brendan Rodgers hit a two-run homer in the first off of lefty Patrick Corbin and added a double and a single to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Rodgers has hit 14 homers, 12 on the road.

Trevor Story, entering what is likely the final three weeks of his Rockies career, continued his late-season resurgence. In the fifth, he blasted a three-run homer to right off of Corbin. Story has homered four times in the first seven games of the road trip and has five home runs over his last 10 games, bringing his season total to 23.

Corbin was done after four innings, saddled with six runs (five earned) on nine hits as his ERA rose to 6.11.

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ATTLEBORO — With invitational meets in Attleboro, Amherst, Martha’s Vineyard and Longmeadow all being contested, the talent pool was spread out throughout the Bay State but there was still plenty on hand at the Highland Park Cross Country Invitational on the Mark Coogan Cross Country Course in Attleboro.

Conditions were perfect for La Salle (Rhode Island) Academy’s Jack Casey as he was able to put some daylight between himself and teammate Adam Thibodeau in the final 50 meters to capture the varsity race in a quick time of 15:57.1 over the hilly 3.1-mile route. Thibodeau was a second back in 15:58.1.

“We wanted to hit a certain pace and see what we had the last mile,” said Casey. “It definitely got difficult with the rolling hills and all. We just wanted to help out the team and get the lowest points possible.”

Marblehead’s Peter Clifford was the top Massachusetts runner as he sprinted home for fifth in 16:40.4. He led his squad to a third-place finish with 81 points behind La Salle (29 points) and East Greenwich, R.I. (73 points)

Clifford was part of a five-runner pack that passed the opening mile in 5:02. Casey and Thibodeau, along with East Greenwich’s Nick Martin (third, 16:03.7), forged ahead soon after and it became a two-runner race with 800 meters remaining. Seekonk’s Zakery Laverdiere and Lexington’s Graham Bracken cracked the top 10 in sixth and 10th respectively.

Clifford said he found himself in a “dead zone” shortly past the halfway point, alone between the leaders and harriers who trailed him. “My goal was to stick with the top group and they went out pretty fast,” he said. “I wanted to run conservative so I wouldn’t get gassed later in the race. They started to pull away at 1.6 or 1.7. I was feeling pretty rough and I didn’t have anyone attainable in front of me or anyone too close behind.”

Lauren Augustyn of Bishop Feehan finished a strong fourth in the varsity race in 19:30.8 to lead the Shamrocks to second in the team competition (46 points) behind East Greenwich (39 points). Clara Fu of Lexington was fifth in 19:49.3 and the Shamrocks had two more runners in the top ten with Anna Boyd (seventh) and Elizabeth Borah (ninth).

Augustyn, a sophomore, is happy with the strides she is making on the trails. “I was so close to my PR today (19:26),” she said. “It’s good because it is so early in the season. I wanted to get out fast with the top runners in a pack, but the first girl (Reese Fahys of East Greenwich) flew and I couldn’t catch up to her without running out of breath. Along the last 600 meters I was passed and moved to fourth. I’m going to improve so much and I’m super excited about that.”

Fahys bolted through the opening mile in 5:28 and 2 miles in 11:20 on the way to crushing the field. The junior set a new course record of 17:50.9, more than a minute in front of teammate Rylee Shunney (18:52.7).

“I saw what the course record was (17:56) and my goal was to get that because I’ve never run here before,” said Fahys. “I wasn’t going for any personal time. It’s definitely nice to have people with you to push you, but I’ve learned to run by myself and that has really helped me when I don’t have people around me.”

Marblehead’s Will Cerrutti copped the lone Massachusetts win as he manhandled the freshman field with an easy 10:36.2 victory over the 3K course. East Greenwich’s Luke Allen was a distant second in 11:01.3 and Caiden Sears of Seekonk clinched third with his 11:03.2.

Cerrutti let Allen take the early pace after the gun and moved past him near the 3/4-mile mark. “It was a bit too fast, but with the right mindset you can overcome that,” said Cerrutti. “He went with me and we ran together but then I took off. I had the lead and I knew I couldn’t give it up. I wanted the satisfaction of winning so I pushed and ran hard.”

Like Fahys in the varsity race, Keaney Bayha of Pilgrim High School (West Warwick, R.I.) turned the freshman event into a rout. Sayha had a whopping 1:19.4 edge over second-place finisher Emily Clarke of East Greenwich with her winning time of 12:15.1. Massachusetts dominated the race after the top-two finishers by sweeping every place to 21st.

Bayha is a freshman but hardly a rookie after running in middle school and finishing in the top 25 in Rhode Island as a sixth and seventh grader. “In your own head you have to give yourself a chance (to win) and that’s what I’ve been working on,” Bayha said. “It’s a very mental sport and you have to be mentally strong. I was a little surprised (no one went with me), but then I knew I just had to keep pushing. I didn’t know who was running so I raced to do good for myself.”

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Four-run inning propels Blue Jays over Twins

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TORONTO — Seconds after Teoscar Hernández’s three-run home run cleared the wall in left field, his Blue Jays teammate Marcus Semien was waiting on the top step of the third-base dugout with the team’s home run jacket.

Hernández slipped the coat on over his jersey, made his way through his teammates waiting to offer congratulations in the dugout and did a little shimmy. The crowd at the Rogers Centre had gone into a frenzy.

Hernández’s home run, the second in the fourth inning off Twins starter Bailey Ober, was the big blow for the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in their 6-2 win over the Twins.

“When you’re facing a lineup like this one, when you miss on some pitches and put yourself kind of behind a little bit and put guys on base, they can make it hurt,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “And today, the second time through, they did.”

When Hernández made contact, Ober said he thought off the bat that it was just going to be a pop-up to left field. Instead, the ball continued to carry, landing just few feet past an outstretched Brent Rooker’s glove in left and turning a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit.

Beginning with Semien’s home run, the first four batters of the inning all reached base and scored. It marked the first time that Ober has given up more than three runs in a game since July 10.

Ober would go on to give up another hit, a double, but worked his way out of the frame without giving up another run. Ober was pulled after the high-stress inning at 74 pitches.

“I thought they kind of started noticing what I did the first time through the lineup, and they started sitting on some pitches and they worked some deep counts early, And I didn’t get as many pitches as I would have like called,” Ober said. “I felt like that kind of (swung) it in their favor.”

Ober said he thought he threw the ball pretty well, other than the hanging slider to Hernández, executing the game plan close to how he wanted to.

The high-powered offense of the Blue Jays (83-65) scored another two runs in the seventh inning, capitalizing after rookie Jovani Moran loaded the bases with three walks and Kyle Barraclough, who came in after him, allowed a two-run single to Bo Bichette.

The Twins (65-84), meanwhile, didn’t get much going offensively throughout the game, managing just four hits. The first, a Josh Donaldson home run, came after the former Blue Jay was treated to another long ovation before his first at-bat of the game.

Donaldson’s two-run blast brought home Jorge Polanco, who walked before him, and provided the Twins’ only offense of the day against Blue Jays starter Steven Matz and four Toronto relievers, not nearly enough against one of the league’s most prolific lineups.

“There are lineups out there where you can make mistakes, you can walk guys, you can miss on some pitches and find, you know — there are easier ways to find your way through those lineups. But this is not one of those lineups,” Baldelli said. “It’s a dangerous lineup.”

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